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Topic: Gene Cafe is wispering to me - Are you preheating (5 msgs / 141 lines)
1) From: Steven Van Dyke
At 08:47 AM 6/4/2008, you wrote:
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Frank,
I also adjust the temperature based on the time but I just set the 
Gene Cafe's timer to an even 20 minutes before I start.  That way 
it's easy to use the time display to see how long it's been - just 
subtract what's shown from the 20.0 I started at.
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2) From: John Despres
I use a regular stopwatch. I hate, no, detest the countdown timer. It's =
me who stops the roast, not the roaster. That timer makes me grumpy.
Countdown timers work for sailboat race starts, though.
There. I feel better now.
John
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3) From: F.R. Parth
Steven,
As do I. I usually set the timer on the GC for 18-20 minutes depending on the bean. Then I'll count down and stop it just before I think it's good and let it coast into the range. 
18 - 20 minutes or so will just get most beans into the beginning of second crack in case I get distracted by a phone call or something. That way even if I have to leave (which hasn't happened yet) the roast will not be a waste.
Frank 
On Thursday, June 05, 2008, at 03:48AM, "Steven Van Dyke"  wrote:
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4) From: Steven Van Dyke
At 09:51 PM 6/5/2008, you wrote:
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No problem John!
I originally set the timer for very close to the time my typical 
roast takes (about 16 minutes) but that *was* too hard to figure so 
now I set it to 20 so the math is easy.
My day was much better than yours.  I'm taking an Intermediate 
Engraving class.  Not at  home (but my CoffeeWorld suitcase with my 
AP is with me) so that's a minor downer but the ever-indulgent wife 
came along so that's a bit nicer. http://www.grstools.comwill show 
you the gear,http://www.igraver.comand go to the Engraver's Cafe to 
see the kind of work I can't do yet.  I'm KCSteve there so there are 
some pictures of stuff I've done over the past year I've had my equipment.
As you noted, the key to it all is finding a setup that works for you 
and makes you happy.  We're talking coffee after all and it's good to 
have as much as possible of the process be a happy thing.  :)
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5) From: Morris Nelson
Thanks for the feedback everyone! 
I too dislike the countdown timer and tend to manually stop the roasting.
However, it is quite understandable why it was designed the way it was.
Morris


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